Blaze at junk mountain

Fire service at D.T Services waste management site, Siddal
Fire service at D.T Services waste management site, Siddal
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FIRE crews spent more than 12 hours dealing with a fire at the site of a mountain of waste labelled a fire hazard.

Teams from Halifax and Elland were called to the disposal site at Farrar Mill Lane, Siddal, Halifax, at 6pm on Monday after a small fire started under the surface of a pile of chipped wood.

They had to dig into the pile to put the fire out and then work through the pile to ensure the fire had not spread underground.

Halifax watch commander Darren Armstrong said it was a painstaking job but the site owner had helped with his digger.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The site is owned by David Turner, 51, of Broad Ings farm, Rishworth, who was last month ordered to pay £15,000 by a court after breaching his waste storage permit. He was allowed 50 cubic metres but last April officers found 7,464 cubic metres of junk there – 150 times the amount allowed.

The court labelled the mountain a huge fire hazard.